The meniscus is essential for knee joint stability, but physical activities like cutting, running, and jumping can cause it to tear. Symptoms of a meniscus tear include pain, swelling, stiffness, and an audible click when bending the knee. Delaying a diagnosis can worsen symptoms and injury. Our specialists provide accurate diagnosis via physical examination and MRI. In some cases, surgical intervention via minimally invasive arthroscopic meniscus repair may be required. Pain and swelling can be relieved through RICE, and nonsurgical OIBO methods such as immobilization and physical therapy can help patients regain strength and flexibility. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a meniscus tear, schedule an appointment with one of our specialists by visiting our contact page or calling our practice.
The femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) come together to form the knee joint. The joint is the largest in the body. It supports, stabilizes, and moves the lower body. The meniscus is an important piece of soft cartilage in the knee joint. The meniscus is located between the femur and tibia—serving as a shock absorber that distributes weight and protects the bones from rubbing against each other.
A meniscus tear occurs when a piece of the meniscus is torn. Most meniscus tears happen during sports and physical activities that require cutting, running, and jumping. The following are common symptoms of a meniscus tear:
Meniscus tears should be seen by one of our specialists as soon as possible. Delaying a diagnosis can make symptoms and the injury worse. A physical examination and MRI are used to diagnose a meniscus tear. There are several different types of tears. Our specialists accurately diagnose meniscus tears. Proper treatment is ensured.
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) are used to control initial pain and swelling. Pain and anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed. The following are included in a nonsurgical OIBO treatment plan:
Surgical intervention may be recommended for some meniscus tears. During a minimally invasive arthroscopic meniscus repair, one of our specialists removes or repairs the torn meniscus. Physical therapy is prescribed two weeks after surgery. Our approved physical therapist helps patients regain strength, flexibility, and function. To schedule your appointment with a specialist, call our practice or visit our contact page.